Social Capital and Its Measurement

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC55 Social Indicators (host committee)

Language: English

Social capital has been a popular concept in social sciences for several decades.  However, its conceptualization and measurement have lacked consistency across studies.  For instance, some researchers emphasize the network-basedness of social capital.  In accordance with this idea, social capital is measured by interpersonal network generators at the individual level or by count of membership in associations at the organizational level.  Others, however, equate social capital with trust (in particular, generalized trust or out-group trust) or norms of reciprocity.  These varying notions and conceptualization of social capital have not facilitated an accumulative growth of the empirical research including both within-country and cross-national comparative studies.  A certain degree of agreement in the community of social sciences concerning how to measure social capital is imperative for further development of the literature.  Therefore, this session seeks to present either theoretical discussions on how to measure social capital or empirical studies that deal with the measurement of social capital.
Session Organizer:
Joonmo SON, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Oral Presentations
Measuring Ethnic Social Capitals with the Position Generator
Bonnie ERICKSON, University of Toronto, Canada
Online Contact Patterns and Network Resources: Integrating Social Media Records into a Large-Scale Sampling Survey
Yang-chih FU, Academia Sinica, Taiwan; Ming-Yi CHANG, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
When Guanxi Meets Global: Global Connections and Network-Based Job Searching in Urban China
Felicia TIAN, Fudan University, China; Xue LI, Fudan University, China
In- and out-Group Trust and Self-Rated Health: A Multi-Country Analysis
Pildoo SUNG, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Distributed Papers
Organized Activities As Social Closure: Effects of Social Capital on Educational Outcomes Among Swedish Youth with Migrant Background
Olav NYGARD, Linköping University, Sweden; Alireza BEHTOUI, Södertörn University, Sweden; Anders NEERGAARD, Linköping University, Sweden
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